Today's Trucking

Video: Peterbilt’s augmented reality in action

July 11, 2018 by John Smith

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – David Yin, Peterbilt’s technical publications manager, knows there is plenty of repair information available to technicians. Peterbilt has 20 million records pertaining to all vehicles and their electrical connections alone.

But, to be honest, he knows it isn’t necessarily being consumed.

A new augmented reality tool, scheduled to be rolled out in late 2019, could help to change that by transforming CAD computing models into 3D images.


Walter unveils Ironman grinders

May 24, 2018 by John Smith

Walter Surface Technologies’ Ironman and Ironman PS heavy-duty grinders have been unveiled with several features to support strenuous, prolonged use. Both models offer 1,750 watts of power, six-inch wheel capacity, a Quick-R instant release function, and the Walter Stabilizer that […]


Mahle unveils 25-ton axle jack

April 10, 2018 by John Smith

The ShopPro CAJ-25 from Mahle Service Solutions is a 25-ton commercial vehicle axle jack, with an eight-inch starting height and 50,000-lb. capacity.


1″ wrench makes an impact

April 6, 2018 by John Smith

Trying to bust loose a stubborn bolt? Ingersoll Rand has a new tool to help. The 2850MAX D-handle one-inch impact wrench is the most powerful one-inch pneumatic impact wrench in the company’s vehicle service portfolio. It’s available with a six-inch anvil to remove bolts from deep tire wells, as well as a standard anvil.


Fork adapters for column lifts

February 6, 2018 by John Smith

Stertil-Koni’s new universal multipurpose fork adapters make it possible to lift equipment from the front or rear using just two mobile columns. The adapter attaches to the mobile column lift forks, allowing a vehicle to be lifted by its frame […]


Mahle adds to FluidPro systems

January 30, 2018 by John Smith

Mahle Service Solutions has added four machines to its FluidPro fluid exchange systems. The CFF-1HD Multi-Fluid Filtration System can clean a wide variety of industrial fluids using a closed-loop filtration process. It helps to filter oil and water to maximize […]


Screw gun/drill from Snap-on

December 19, 2017 by John Smith

Struggling with fasteners under the dash, removing door panels, or need a tool to drill out stripped fasteners?


Upgrades to FieldLab58

October 30, 2017 by John Smith

Spectro Scientific’s FieldLab 58 has been upgraded to include a more powerful X-ray fluorescence (XRF) module and filter to better detect wear metals in used oil.


Heavy-lifting four-post lift

August 10, 2017 by John Smith

Stertil-Koni’s ST 4600 four-post lift has a 132,000-pound capacity — making it a fit for lifting oversized vehicles such as fire and rescue equipment, construction and mining machinery, and military vehicles.


IN PRINT — Tool Time: 8 tools shops can’t live without

June 27, 2017 by John Smith

Few things will improve a mechanic’s productivity better than the proper tool. Sure, any wrench will turn a fastener, but a torque wrench will ensure exact clamping force. In the digital realm, the right app can offer quick access to underlying fault codes and even help to refine shop schedules.


Heavy-duty rivet gun from Chief

June 6, 2017 by John Smith

Chief is bringing 10 metric tons of compression force to the rivets used in steel and aluminum truck cabs, using a new heavy-duty rivet gun. The tool also offers eight metric tons of tension force to hydraulically retract the punching tool from metal sheets, requiring no more than the push of a button.


OTR tire spreader from ESCO

May 23, 2017 by John Smith

A new OTR Tire Spreader from ESCO (Equipment Supply Company) is available for off-road, mining, agricultural and selected large truck tires.


King pin pusher set

April 26, 2017 by John Smith

Technicians who need to change king pins or brake anchor pins have a new tool at their disposal in the form of OTC’s 4240A 30-ton king pin pusher set.


IN PRINT — Tools that Work: Productive options for the shop

December 19, 2016 by John Smith

Most shop supervisors or maintenance managers have at least one secret -weapon in their tool crib. It could be a proven time or labor saver, or maybe a tool designed for lifting heavy stuff like tires and wheels. Tools that aid in -precision work, such as installing wheel bearings, can prove their worth many times over by reducing irregular tire wear and minimizing the possibility of a wheel-off.



August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Compact Snap-on pistol-grip power screwdriver is good for tight spaces